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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1985-04-07

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1985-04-07

Set 1

Why Don't We Do It In The Road-> Mississippi Half Step-> CC Rider, Bird Song, Dancin' In The Streets, Deal

Set 2

Shakedown Street-> Samson & Delilah, She Belongs To Me-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> Truckin'-> Smokestack Lightning-> Morning Dew-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Day Job

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Soundboard 1st Gen Tape > Tascam 122 mk lll > Korg Mr-1000 > Audio Gate > Cool Edit > Traders Little Helper; Taper: Dan Healy; Editing: Joe D'amico
Taped by Dan Healy
Transferred by Joe D'Amico


*Missing From Tape . Replaced With My Copy Nak 300 Mics > Sony D-5 Source From Etree (87419)


Reviewer: kbmill - - February 21, 2017
Subject: bread crumb
Short Mississippi 1/2 Step. Shorter Smokestack Lightning. The first is unusual, the second seems to be the norm. I suppose, even though it's a great old Pig tune, there isn't a lot you can do with it.
Reviewer: Mr. Insight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2015
Subject: It's Froggy, Overday
It's an inside joke but, clearly, Phil had seen The Ghoul Show.
I remember this wacked-out, low-budge, late-night, 70's-era, horror movie host TV program from my youth in Cleveland.
As far as this show, try this. Drown Jerry out by singing his lyrics as loud as you can and it's a great show.
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2015
Subject: Hiya~Hiya~Hiya Kids...CAN YOU HEAR ME?
The sound is a little off with this one..I saw all three shows this run and this night I was knocking the cobwebs out from the 1st night..Lots of people really love this show and its one for da books~~but I'm sticking with the last night as my personal favorite out of the three..we all have our opinions..Philly is home so I can be a little partial on my rating..but think of all the HOT shows played in the City of Brotherly Shove through the years~~LOTS~!!!!!!! 93.3 FM EST>. in 69'..68' CHRIST.. I SHOULD KNOW THIS~!! well they had FM broadcast of the shows and would really get you pumped to see the boys..I'm ranting~Give It A Whirl~Forever Grateful>Forever Dead~!!
Reviewer: TooMuchTooFast - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2014
Subject: Had to Be There
Inarguably the greatest six song first set ever, which sounds ridiculous. So much fun to have the show kick off with Do It In The Road, Phil in rare form. Not to mention epic versions of Birdsong and Dancin.

And reviewer lpenoza gets it right: a stunning She Belongs to Me, after the Dead resuscitated it after a 19 year absence, a few days earlier in Providence.
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2014
Subject: very tasty show
this is the source you want for this one
Reviewer: GeneV - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2013
Subject: Technical mistake
Unfortunately, in this source one channel is phase-inverted, which produces a strange sound. I have corrected this in my DAW and really enjoy the result.
Otherwise a good show.
Reviewer: lpenoza - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2013
Subject: She Belongs To Me
There were only 9 performances of Dylan's "She Belongs To Me" by the Grateful Dead - all in 1985. This was one of the two I heard live that year. I have given all 9 of them a listen, and this is the one I have on my list of Essential Garcia Tracks.

Why? Froggy voiced Jerry somehow serves the emotional fragility of the storyteller - listen to the 2nd reading of the line "proud to steal her anything she sees" and hear his cracking voice convey exactly how it feels to steal for her.

Before it gets to that line, the first guitar solo @ 1:41 begins to tear down any emotional defenses around me. The 2nd solo @ 3:25 can bring me to tears as Garcia tells a story that can't be related with words. This is one of only 2 or 3 performances which he chose to end not with one last final "paints the daytime black" vocal line, but a fingerpicked run of well placed guitar notes - the way it should be.

I recall more than a few times in 1985 when his voice was shot, a look of frustration crossing the man's face, and when it was time to step back from the mic and let the Tiger do the talking that expression changed to "I can still do THIS..."
Reviewer: 1985is#1 - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2012
Subject: Remember?
This was Easter Sunday. Heh, heh.
Reviewer: zackmitchell - - June 12, 2012
Subject: birthday show
this is a long shot..but does anyone have a record of the exact time the Dead were on stage this night? I was born at 8ish pm 04/07/85 on the west coast, making it around 11pm in PA...have always wanted to figure out exactly if the Dead were on stage at the same time, and even try to pinpoint the exact song..
Reviewer: sebs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2012
Subject: Happy Taper Saw God
I was a senor in high school and flew out with my tour bros. This set of three shows was the most intense energy I can recall. Bring out the Orb !
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2012
Subject: Great sound, grate show!
This is a very clear sounding board with a little Matrix sound at just the right times.

Short show (esp. 1st set, only six tunes) but they make up for it in full focus and wonderful musicianship.

Phil's "Hi' Ya Kids" mocking Bobby's circa early 70's greeting to audiences is priceless. What a goof-ball! If that wasn't enough a launch into "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" gets the crowd going NUTS. Half Step to follow is ambitious if brief. Bird Song nestled in the middle of 1st set is highlight of the show IMHO. Simply wonderful. Perhaps the best Bird Song of the mid 80s (Placid 83' also comes to mind).

Second set includes "She Belongs To Me" which should make it collector worthy. Women Are Smarter is punchy and agressive, as it should be. Post drums look generic on paper but transitions from Truckin'>Smokestack are polished and seamless. Also, Mydland on Gimmie' Some Lovin' gets really heavy on the B-3 toward the end with wails and howls something crazy making for hilarious interplay. Dew again has Jerry vocally struggling but he brings it through for the climax jam for sure!

Ultimately this won't make it onto the "top ten of 85'" list because there are SO many great 85' performances. This is a short show, and Jerry's voice is shot. But still, playing and energy wise quite at the top of their game. 85' was a majorly up year musically for the band. Way more together than 84' or 86'. Heres a textbook example.

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